"As I write this, I sit in the Delta Sky Lounge at JFK, bring to charge both my iPhone and my Blackberry as well as adding music to the iPhone and movies to my computer for the 9 hours flight I am about to embark on. Today, my travels will take me to the Czech Republic. Home to the highest consumption of beer per capita in the world, as well as the filming location of the Hostel movies. If you don't hear from me again, I'm sure you can figure out why.
This trip will be a short one, only 4 full days in country, and during those 4 days, I will perform mods to 22 radios, tour the city of Prague, and if all goes according to plan, I will avoid being anally raped by large Central European individuals. This week promises to be an adventure in every sense of the word.
Throughout today, I have found myself a little hesitant to travel such a great distance again. Some of you may know that I spent 14 months of 2010 and early 2011 in the Middle East, and may be asking yourselves why it would be difficult for me to travel again for such a short time. I've tossed that question around inside my head for the better part of the day, and have yet to come up with a solid answer. I think part of the problem is in leaving my family yet again. Although people assume Andrew and I have an awesome job because we get to travel around to exotic locations, most people don't realize the stress that comes along with that. I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that traveling to five states and a foreign country in a span of 4 weeks takes a toll on your body. Add that to the two kids and amazing wife that I have to say goodbye to every time I leave, and this is a job that while having its perks, is not for everyone. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but it is definitely a chore to keep doing it month in and month out.
On to a lighter fare, and probably the paragraph that will make Andrew not want to post this on his blog, the Yankees are the AL East Champions, and will potentially prevent the Red Sox from moving on into the playoffs. Add that to the fact that the Buffalo Bills had a devastating upset over the New England Patriots and this week has been a pretty good one for New York sports fans. However, seeing as how I'm a Broncos fan, we have yet another reason to hang our heads and hope that somehow, someway, the Broncos can pull their heads out of their collective asses and make something happen this season.
As I sign off and begin my travels, I will be reflecting on this past weekend, and the gathering of my 4 best friends: Heather, Andrew, Dale, and Tony. Without these 4 amazing people in my life, I don't know where I would be, or who I would have become, but I know without a doubt that I am a better person for having them all in my life. I am at my best when I am pushed by these four people to be the man the all believe I can be. Thank you all for the amazing gifts you each bestow on my life every day."